July 4th Quilt Block

July 4th quilt block

July 4th quilt block

The July 4th quilt block seems rather appropriate at this time of the year.  It’s a four patch block made obviously in red, white and blue.  I’ve made it here as a 12″ square.

Cutting requirements for the July 4th quilt block

3.1/2″ squares:  four white

3.7/8″ squares:  four each in red and blue, two each in red and white

Making the July 4th quilt block

Make half square triangle units

Make half square triangle units

Make half square triangle units with the 3.7/8″ squares in the colour combinations listed above.  Place a red square right sides together with a blue or a white square and mark a line along the diagonal.  Sew a 1/4″ seam either side of the marked line and cut along the line.  This will produce two half square triangle units which are now 3.1/2″ squares.  Press the seam allowances towards the darker fabric and trim the two corners where fabric sticks out.

July 4th quilt block layout

July 4th quilt block layout

Lay the squares out in four rows of four.

There are four white squares in the middle and these are framed by the half square triangle units.  In each corner there’s a red/blue half square triangle placed so that the red triangle is on the outside, forming the corner.  Between each pair of corners there are a red/white and a red/blue half square triangle.  These are placed so that two red triangles are together, forming a larger red triangle pointing towards the middle, and two blue triangles are together, forming a larger blue triangle pointing away from the middle.

Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the July 4th quilt block.

July 4th quilt suggestion

July 4th quilt suggestion

For a quilt idea, I have simply shown nine blocks sewn together in three rows of three.  This gives quite a striking quilt design.

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  1. The resulting pattern of all the blocks does something weird to my mind…but in a good way.

  2. Hi Rose, I love this quilt pattern. So simple yet so stunning. This color combination is great but any color would stand out. Thanks. Plans for this weekend?

    • Hi Linda. Surprising how simple the block is to make. Weekend looks like being more sewing – Fabric Freedom have asked for quite a few of the sample quilts that they use to show their retailers how the fabrics look when made up. Needed yesterday obviously!